Skoda Auto’s Octavia RS 245 sports sedan is a CBU product limited to just 200 units
It is not news that India is not the best market for performance-focused cars. Yet, we have had some decent examples in the past which sold in decent numbers. Most of these models were some Skoda Octavia RS generation or the other. Older Octavia RS (or “VRS”) models are still popular in the used-car market. The Volkswagen-owned Czech automaker’s Octavia range recently received a major overhaul for its fourth generation and will eventually hit the Indian market.
In the meantime, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has launched the updated Skoda Octavia RS 245 (based on the third-gen or Mk3) at Rs 36 lakh ex-showroom. The sports sedan made its debut at Auto Expo 2020 in early-February. It is a CBU product (which explains its high price tag), limited to just 200 units. Compared to its previous version (RS 230) which was introduced in 2017, the pricing has shot up by almost Rs 12 lakh.
Besides packing better performance and more equipment than the RS 230, the new Octavia RS 245 is offered in a new Rallye Green paint shade as well. Other colours choices include Race Blue, Corrida Red, Magic Black and Candy White. Sadly, Nardo Grey is not included.
Now, amidst COVID-19 lockdown, Octavia RS 245 units have slowly started reaching dealerships. This includes Rallye Green examples as well. The metallic green shade might seem a bit ‘loud’ and ‘flashy’ but in Skoda Auto’s motorsport heritage, green occupies a special place. Similar shades are offered by certain premium brands as an exclusive option in different names. In a few months’ time, if you see someone in a Rallye Green Octavia RS 245, the driver has either got incredible respect for the shade or likes to be noticed. There’s probably no in-between.
The Skoda Octavia RS 245 is powered by a BS6-compliant 2.0-litre TSi petrol four-cylinder mill that churns out 242bhp (245ps; and hence, ‘RS 245’) and 370Nm of torque. The power plant is coupled to a new 7-speed DSG that drives the front wheels via an electronic XDS+ limited-slip differential (VAQ). Put together, the sports sedan can do a 0-100km/h sprint in roughly 6.6 seconds before topping out at 250km/h (limited).
The previous RS 230 packed about 15bhp and 20Nm less while mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. The RS 245 also rides lower by 15mm and is claimed to produce a better exhaust note. Other features include Alcantara sports seats, 12-way adjustable front seats, 8.0-inch infotainment system, ‘Virtual Cockpit’, ‘vRS’ mode, 18-inch ‘Vega’ 5-spoke wheels and more.